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she becomes interested in women having rights and that was transformative for her. basically the book is not making a judgment, telling a story and it gives room for men and women to decide about a woman taking action. what i did like was the sponsors were two women and it was not a war story between two women, it was more something that went radically wrong, whoever the responsors were and we have done every rabbit trail to find the responsors. i wanted the history channel to do it because it's a story that deserves to find all the way. >> and now from book tv's crescent visit to spokane washington, nancy angle talks
muis -- museum. >> we are looking at the papers. >> one of the biggest most heart felt messages was the message that she wanted women, give women the right to vote and she was the most prominent advocate of women getting the right to vote in eastern washington, but in 1909, 1910, very well known. we are going to see today a couple of scrapbooks that hutton put herself, clipping throughout her life, mostly after she moved to spokane, but they'll be scrapbooks here.
we have photographs from her early life. she was a minor, she owned, she got some wealth, considerable wealth from the hurcules mine in north idaho and she and her husband around 1906 moved to spokane and talk about her career after she moved to spakane, she gives us a window into what activist women were doing at the time. she also -- because she was suddenly a mine owner may hutton was born into wealth. she was brought by her grandfather and not her parents and she moved -- as she goes
through life, she's a little bit of everything. she comes from poor circumstances, she worked, had a boarding house in north idaho for many years and they made it rich, they made a lot of money on the hurcules mine and after that move today spokane thinking they needed a bigger venue, a bigger place for them to do their work so they move today spokane and she is -- she's a very -- she's a good voice of what was going on with women during that time. she traveled west, she was born in ohio and she traveled west. this is a picture of her herself and her husband, excuse me, standing in front of their home in north idaho, she was a single
when she came to the pacific northwest. she was born in ohio, she was born to -- no one knows what happened to her mom. she was raised by her paternal grandfather, this is a picture of him. arkwright was his name, he gave her the start in life. a political junky, if you would call it that, that's a modern term, but he -- he loved reading the newspapers, he loved meeting political figures, he took the young may to many political programs, 1890's or even earlier. he went blind in later years and so she found herself his reader as well.
she cooked for him and she found herself his reader and awaken with her love of politics that was with her for the rest of her life and carried that with her to the rest of her life. she decides that the wallace kellogg area looks like fun and gets off the train in in wallace or kellogg. she opens boarding house, while she's cooking for the miners and people who lived around there, she got acquainted with the miners and one of the guys she got acquainted with is, we are going to look here, it's a photograph of a train that was decorated for july 4th, the gentleman here on the very far left of the picture is levyw.
hutton, he was like the engineer for the train and he -- they met in her boarding house, he stopped and eat and decided that he liked what he saw in her and ate and they eventually got married. the picture we see here is a picture of them after they had raised -- they after gotten their money from the mine, you see the picture of their house tapped -- standing in front of their home. may and al decided that they wanted to move to spakane. they had had their wealth for five years and they decided that it would be easier for al to do his business if they lived in spokane, spokane was more the
business center of the area and may could continue activities with women and stuff like that that they were hoping she would get into women's club. the mine-owning women didn't accept her into her ranks in north idaho. she ran a boarding and they knew her too well or they thought they knew her too well and didn't want to accept her as miner owner. when she came over here, she hoped to get involved and got involved in women's club here in spokane before she lived in spokane and interviewed her, the newspaper interviewed her at one time saying, here is a woman who is in north idaho, what do you think about women voting, she was already coming over here to
spokane to get involved. this photograph i think was taken after she moved to spokane, this is an organization that she got involved in, this called the women's hotel, the women's hotel was created by women for working women basically. a place where young women who were -- had jobs and were not married, they could go and find a place to stay and find a place to eat and be respectable and this is what these women were involved in. may here is the one in the middle. she also gets involved in women getting the right to vote. one of the things that being able to vote in idaho and come to washington and not being able to vote, i mean, it was very -- she felt so demeaned by not being able to vote.
in fact, she wrote one letter one time and said, i was just so -- i just felt so little, my friends and i went on election day we went and sat around and fell tired basically because they couldn't vote. that was very much a part of who she was in idaho and she came to spokane and she couldn't vote, came to washington and not allowed to vote so that was very important to her to get involved in that and what we have here are two -- these are two scrapbooks that may arkwright had kept, these are her own craft books. if you can -- see, there's clippings of newspapers that she's cut out of the newspaper and cut in the scrapbook. all kinds of fun things in the scrapbooks.
there's two of them and we will talk about both of them, but one of the things that may was very involved in was getting women into the police department here in spokane and the way they did that is to ask for a police ma matron. they wanted a women in spokane to take care of the women incarcerated. they didn't like women incarcerated in jails and surrounded by men. they thought that there should be at least one women involved in the whole thing, they specially didn't like -- they didn't like the whole situation that women were in if they were in jail. this coercion that the women had created over the police matron controversy lends itself quite nicely to effort to get the vote
-- the vote on the amendment for the state of washington. and so in 1910, washington voters give the women the right to vote and there's this very fun cartoon that she has in her scrapbook that i wanted to show you. .. you got utah and idaho and they don't look like twins in bed and baby washington. it is down here that uncle sam's newest baby girl has five daughters now.
so, washington became the sixth state to become the women to vote. when she was campaigning for the right to vote is not well. it's a whole other side of the issue but she died from the disease at the age of 55 in 1915. her husband outlived her many years and after she died her husband took the wealth that they had from the mining wealth and put it into the settlement. it was an organization -- it was before it's time. it was an organization to help children but a lot of people -- there were women in spokane who created an orphanage like one big building were all the children lived with a matron that supervise them. what he when he created the
settlement was he created small cottages and the children were divided up and it was more of a homelike atmosphere so they were divided up into smaller cottages where they were. i have a picture here -- this is closer to when the settlement opened in early 1920s. her husband, al, had been put into -- he actually grew up in the relative's house and was treated as a hand not as a relative but as someone who works for them and he had a really bad start to life, as well. i think that is one thing that brought them together. they both had grown up without traditional families around them and of the two of them it was much harder for al and his growing up and it was for mate
who loved her grandfather. lots of people in speaking will tell you they grew up at the settlement. it is still operating for children today. her story is about an exceptional woman but her story is also a story of women's experience in the pacific northwest, in many ways. you can look at her story -- as an example, as the women moved west and how they acted. it ties in with national movements of the time. she was very much involved in campaigning for william jennings bryan. she was actually the first --
choose one of the first women in 1912 delegate to the national democratic congress. she's very much very much a part of a larger picture of what is happening in the early 20th century in the nation and she's also representative of women in smoking. >> we are here in the park in spokane washington. one of the many parks designed by the brothers. as we continue our coverage we learn about the city's early history from our author, tony. >> the book we did was called spoke in early history. early smoking there was a lot of indians here and it was the spokane tribe. the indians had this place and they occupied it more than.